September Monthly Meeting

Event type:
26th September 2023
2:00 pm
Carterton Community Centre
Maxine Crossland

Guest Speaker: Tom Crook

Topic: The Great Stink

The Great Stink was an event in Central London during July and August 1858 in which the hot weather exacerbated the smell of untreated human waste and industrial effluent that was present on the banks of the River Thames. The problem had been mounting for some years, with an ageing and inadequate sewer system that emptied directly into the Thames. The miasma from the effluent was thought to transmit contagious diseases, and three outbreaks of cholera before the Great Stink were blamed on the ongoing problems with the river.